Witchblade #150


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Witchblade #150


  • Words: Ron Marz
  • Art: Stjepan Sejic
  • Story Title: Resigned
  • Publisher: Image Comics
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release Date: Dec 14, 2011

The end of an era for Sara Pezzini.
Witchblade #150 marks the end of an epic chapter in the life of the tough and gritty New York police officer, Sara Pezzini.  With Internal Affairs, her budding romance with her partner, and the Witchblade itself all trying to influence Sara, some parts if not all of her life had to change.  
Though not the most action oriented of issues to come out, it is undeniable that Witchblade #150 does offer several character and series defining moments wrapped in this milestone book.  Writer Ron Marz does a commendable job of making the current trials in Pezzini’s life both intense and daunting, while also giving readers the chance to reflect on Pezzini’s past.  The single most interesting and powerful scene in #150 occurred as the Witchblade took on a human form in an effort to stabilize the shaken hero’s mind, while also revealing that it was Pezzini’s destiny to be partnered with the conscious artifact.  The notion of Pezzini’s life as both a police offer and a hero being predetermined by the Witchblade opens up a vast array of possibilities for the series to explore.  With this issue marking the end of Ron Marz’s massive run on the title, he leaves the book in a respectful yet exciting place to be continued.
With much of the issue being an introspective look at the hero, Witchblade #150 does not offer artist Stjepan Sejic much to stretch his artistic legs with.  At some times, however, Sejic does rise beyond the call of the story.  The aforementioned scene of the Witchblade taking human form was incredibly moving, made possible by the intensely realistic art of Sejic.  The staging in the ruins of a local theater evoked a strong emotional tie to Pezzini’s past, making the questioning of her purpose and direction all the more powerful.  

As readers most certainly could tell, Witchblade #150 marks a milestone for the series, one that many titles will never reach.  Packaged with the story are several extras that will most definitely make longtime readers reflect on the book’s history.  Included in the book is a “Witchblade Hall of Fame,” and other artistic extras, making the purchase more than worth the cost.

Image Comics delivered on their claim of an an end of an era for Sara Pezzini.  With the conclusion of Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic’s bold run, several major changes have left Pezzini in an incredibly vulnerable place.  Longtime readers are sure to be left with a worthy and emotional end of this chapter of Pezzini’s story.

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